Wednesday, June 22, 2011

PARANGIKAI VATHA KUZHAMBU

Parangikai / Yellow Pumpkin is used in various South Indian dishes. The vegetable has a subtle sweet taste and is certain to tickle the tastebuds when used in Vetha Kuzhambu (Tamarind gravy)


Ingredients
Yellow pumpkin (parangikai) cubed: 1 cup
Tamarind: Lemon sized
Chilli powder:1.5 tsp
Coriander powder: 1 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
Hing: a pinch
Grated jaggery: 1 tsp (optional)
Rice flour: 1 tsp
Salt: 1 tsp


For seasoning
Sesame oil: 1 tablespoon
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Methi seeds (Fenugreek): 1/2 tsp
Channa dal (Kadala parupu): 1 tsp
Curry leaves: a sprig
Red chillies: 1 or 2


Procedure:
1) Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds. Once it starts spluttering, add methi seeds and channa dhal and fry till golden brown. Add curry leaves and red chillies (broken)as well
2) Remove the skin of the pumpkin and cut into cubes. Add the cubed pumpkin and fry for a couple of minutes
3) Extract the tamarind juice and add it to the fried pumpkin
4) Mix 1 tsp of rice flour in 1/2 cup of water and add it.
5) Now add, chilli powder, cpriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, hing and jaggery and bring the mixture to a boil
6) Then simmer and boil for 10 - 15 minutes until the gravy thickens a bit
7) Serve with hot rice and paruppu thuvayal/ appalam

Step by Step Pictures
Cut into cubes

Fry it slightly with spices

Cook in tamarind extract




36 comments:

  1. Kuzhambu looks thick and creamy.The yellow pumkin is my fav too.Looking forward to all your posts..

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  2. Nice curry! My mom makes the tamarind based gravy with pumpkin.

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  3. Vathakuzambu with parankikai? New combination..looks nice !

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  4. Looks yum ..never made pumpkin this way ....should try it

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  5. Nice kuzhambu..I like parangikai in kuzhambus as they impart a wonderful sweet kind of flavour.

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  6. Wow yellow pumpkin vatha kuzhambu,mouthwatering here Shylaja,eagerly waiting for ur different dishes with this incredible veggie..

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  7. Yummy yum curry... love to try this version:)
    Reva

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  8. Panrangikai vathakuzhabu is my favorite...looks mouthwatering

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  9. Looks simply superb.. awesome preparation !!
    Indian Cuisine

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  10. Lovely!!! My grand mother used to make them on weekends. You have brought back sunday lunch memories of my childhood. I have never made vettha Kozhambu. Got to try this out soon.

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  11. Curry looks delicious! Never prepared pumpkin this way. Would love to try this soon!

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  12. wow delicious and authentic vatha kulambu :) tempting :)

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  13. havent ever cooked with pumpkin..but will give it a shot!!

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  14. I salute your endless spirit on marathon blogging- nice ingredient for the theme- VK looks yummmm !

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  15. Never added parangikai/mathan (as we call) to vethakuzhambu. Liked it.

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  16. In North India we make dry sabji of pumpkin. The variation is instead of tamarind we add amchur powder and we don't add curry leaves, dal,rice flour and jaggery. Pumpkin is resting in my freeze will try it your way.

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  17. Tempting Kuzhambu!!! Loved the color too :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  18. Was looking for nice pumpkin recipes..this looks delicious.

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  19. love vathakuzhambu..nice presentation and you have a wonderful collection of recipes..

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  20. The combination of sweet pumpkin and the tangy, spicy gravy must have been nice.

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  21. Wow. thats a neat homely recipe.. Love it :)

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  22. Yummy gravy....loved the way it is prepared...

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  23. பரங்கிக்காயில் இதுவரை வத்தக்குழம்பு செய்ததில்லை.நல்லாயிருக்கு!!

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  24. vatha kuzhambu with yellow pumpkin..very new n looks so good...sure will try your version..

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  25. looks delicious..very simple and yummy curry

    Event:COOK IT HEALTHY:PROTEINicious

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  26. Looks very delicious. We have a similar version in Andhra too.

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  27. This everyday dish looks awesome!

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  28. Wow.. Interesting choice of vegetable for the marathon. I love yellow pumpkin, but don't use it as often as I should. Looking forward to all your pumpkin recipes.

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  29. Love this tangy gravy, looks delicious

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  30. Nice to see parangikaai in vathakuzhambu. Looking forward to see the other preparations with this veggie

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